Friday, October 21, 2016

A Life In Gowns: Meet Princess Windy

Ever wonder who we are when we're not all glitzed up, entertaining your little ones with our mad face paint and balloon skills, or dazzling them with our big bag of magic tricks? We're a diverse group of folk, each coming from a different performance background, and with a little bit of a different story. 

Allow me to introduce: Princess Windy!

A born performer, Windy got her start onstage at age 6, when she landed the role of Charlene "Cha Cha" DiGregorio in a production of Grease at her school. She had 4 speaking lines, which was the most of anyone in her age group, and got to dress up and wear makeup, which she thought was the best thing ever! The production was a hit, and Windy was officially hooked. 

When she was small, Windy was convinced that one day, she'd grow up to be a Princess. Not a make-believe Princess, mind you, but real life royalty. Her mother rained on that parade somewhat, though, telling Windy that being Jewish she likely couldn't be a real princess, since most royalty was Christian. But Windy wasn't about to let that stop her, and decided that if real life royalty wasn't in her future, well then she'd be an actress, so she could be whatever she wanted! She spent her childhood with this dream in mind, playing dress up and pretending to be a Queen, and all her friends were, of course, her servants. Her favorite Disney princess was always Ariel, and Windy used to spend hours swimming around in the pool like a mermaid and playing all kinds of mermaid games.

Years later, Windy's love of theater was alive and well, and she worked in theater admin doing marketing and development, helping to bring the magic of live performance to the masses. She started developing her own material, and found that the world of physical comedy was where she wanted to be more than anything. So she attended the Clown Conservatory in San Francisco to develop her skills. It was there that she met Drea, another wonderful entertainer (and Fire Pixie Princess), who clued Windy in to the magic of children's entertainment.

"Kids are the most honest audience," Drea told her. "They'll really tell you if you're funny or not."  
Windy had been on the road, touring her one-woman show through the US and Canada, and needed a job when she landed back in the Bay. Drea had been working with Fire Pixie for a while and was loving it, and thought Windy would be a fantastic addition to our team.  
Boy, was she right! Since then, Windy's performed at tons of parties with Fire Pixie, and her clients absolutely love her!
"I loved Windy's character! She wasn't a 'typical' Fairy Princess, all cutesy and saccharine. She was more like a wacky, bumbling Fairy Godmother with TONS of energy."
"Windy was awesome and the kids loved her. She was a natural and the birthday girl wants another party tomorrow with Windy :). She connected on a personal level with most kids in the party. Several other parents commented that she was the best Elsa they'd seen in a Frozen themed party. She has great energy and improvised adeptly to a variety of situations. I'd work with her again any day! Thanks again for making this a great experience!"
She's got a great repertoire of characters, but especially loves being a Balloon Pixie or Clown, since those are really open and flexible and really give her the opportunity to flex her comedic muscles. She still loves being a Princess too, though, and brings her own flavor of physical comedy to every character she plays.
"No matter what costume I'm in, I'm always a silly variation on that character, which makes it a little more accessible to the kids. They love seeing Elsa, who's usually a little hard and cold, loosen up a bit and just play with them!" 
Windy loves doing her comedy magic show for kids, especially as Elsa, doing ice and snow magic. The way she does her magic, everything is a joke on her, and she gets to be super silly and make fun of herself. She absolutely loves getting the kids all riled up and poking fun at her, too. 
"It's the most fun ever when kids are sitting there yelling 'It's right there, Elsa!' when you can't find your rainbow or what-have-you", she says. 
She also really loves doing dance parties because she gets to be super physical and run around and really play with the kids, which they absolutely love. She brings tons of fabric to parties, and literally throws them around over the kids' heads, or uses them to make tents for the dance party to happen in, or plays parachute type games. 
Kids of all ages love Windy's show, but she really loves working with the 4 - 5 age group. 
"Four and five-year-olds are the best!" she says. "They understand the magic and really get the comedy and jokes, but they're not trying to challenge it or look for holes in it. They get why it's funny that your rainbow disappeared, or changed in to ice crystals, and they love being a part of making it happen."
Windy's got so many happy memories form parties, but remembers one party in particular with especial fondness: 
"A while back, I was Elsa at a birthday party for an adorable little girl named Emma, who had just turned 5. She was absolutely blown away and just couldn't believe that Elsa had come all the way from Arendelle just to celebrate her birthday with her! She'd drawn 6 pictures for me, which she presented to me with obvious pride, along with a giant rock, which she said I was to take back to Arendelle as a souvenir. She took great care throughout the party to be a good hostess, and make sure I had everything I needed. It was a hot day, and assuming I must be parched, she made me multiple glasses of her very own hydrating birthday cocktail: a combination of lemonade, birthday cake, goldfish crackers, and blueberries." 
Wise beyond her years, Emma knew that doing all that magic and face painting musty be making Elsa hungry, too.
"I brought you a tomato, Elsa!" she said. "A what?" said Windy/Elsa, "We don't have these in Arendelle!" This prompted Emma to take her inside to show her the fridge where they keep all their food. At the end of the party, she threw her arms around Windy and gave her a big kiss. "I love you Elsa!" she said. "My heart just melted", says Windy. 
When she's not entertaining kids at parties, Windy's busy running her very own company: taking care of all the marketing, outreach, costuming, and production. "It's a full time job," she says, "but I can't think of anything I'd rather be doing!" She continues to tour her award winning one woman theatrical comedy show around the US and Canada with great success, and is working on developing a half hour kid's stage show, too.

If you'd like to invite Windy to your party to make your guests giggle with glee, you can
book her here.

Friday, September 30, 2016

New Character -- Princess Elena of Avalor

Someone new has joined the Disney Princess ranks, and she's got us here at Fire Pixie super excited! It's Princess Elena, the oldest princess of the Kingdom of Avalor, next in line for the throne, and Disney's first Latina princess!

After saving her magical kingdom from an evil sorceress, Elena must now learn to rule as the crown Princess. With the heart and mind of a true leader, she is devoted to the welfare of her subjects, her family, and her friends, and values keeping promises above all else. A wizard-in-training and a magical flying creature join Elena in adventures that will lead her to truly understand that her new role requires thoughtfulness, resilience, and compassion.

Our very own Sarah & Avdeep have been busy putting together their Elena costumes, and they're all ready to go, so visit our website & fill out our rate request form to invite Elena to your upcoming party!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Party Snack Ideas: Spiderman Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Such a great idea for a Spiderman themed party! These red velvet whoopie pies are super easy to make, and would look great on a Spiderman themed snack table. Use melted white chocolate to decorate your pies with webs, or even make a little Spiderman mask!

What you'll need:
  • 1 box Betty Crocker yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 box chocolate instant pudding
  • 2 tbsp red food coloring
  • 1 7oz jar of marshmallow creme
  • 1 8oz package of creme cheese (softened)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Melted white chocolate (for decorating)

Follow along with Popsugar Food's great tutorial to make your own: 

Friday, September 9, 2016

Party Craft Ideas -- DIY Harry Potter Wands

Here's a great party giveaway idea for your Harry Potter themed party: chopstick wands! They're super quick and easy to make, and you'll save a bundle on party favors. Make them in advance and give one to each party guest, and invite your own Harry Potter entertainer to teach them how to use them! 

What you'll need: 

  • 15" bamboo cooking chopsticks (like these ones)
  • Assorted colors of brown acrylic paint
  • Foam brushes
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks (about 2 sticks per wand, to be safe)
  • Glossy spray paint

Remember, each wand is a little different, so don't be afraid to get creative! Follow along with this great step-by-step guide from Boxy Colonial

Friday, August 26, 2016

Party Snack Ideas - Minion Cupcakes

Having a Minions themed party? Here's another great idea for your snack table from Nerdy Nummies. These Minion cupcakes are super easy to make, and they're oh-so-cute!

What you'll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 4 ripe bananas)
  • 2 large eggs
  • Twinkies (one package will make 4 cupcakes)
  • Smarties
  • Black decorating icing
  • White creamy frosting
  • Blue food coloring
Use Martha Stewart's Banana Cupcake recipe to make the base, then follow along with Rosanna to "Minionize" them. :) 

Friday, August 5, 2016

Party Game Ideas - Panning for Gold

Having a Cowboy or Toy Story themed party? This super simple party game is a great way to keep your little Buckaroos laughing and having fun until your Cowboy entertainer arrives!

What you'll need:

  • a kiddie pool
  • aluminum pie pans
  • rocks
  • gold spray paint
  • sand (enough to fill the pool just over half way)
  • buckets for collecting gold

First, you'll want to spray paint your rocks gold a couple days before the event to be sure they're 100% dry on the day. Then, poke holes in your aluminum pans with a hammer and nail, just big enough to let sand slip through. Fill your kiddie pool just over half way with sand water (for older kids, add a few extra inches of water, for a bit more of a challenge), and bury your "gold" throughout. Have the kids use the pie pans as the sifting pans to scoop up a pile of sand and rocks. Move the pan from side to side emptying out the pan to reveal if there are any gold nuggets. No hands allowed - kids must only use their pans, and whoever discovers the most gold nuggets wins! Or, you can even set up a mini trading post, where kids can exchange their nuggets for prizes or candy. 

Friday, July 22, 2016

Party Craft Ideas: Build An Olaf

Such a great idea for a Frozen themed party! Have each of your party guests build their very own Olaf -- and keep them busy until your Elsa, Anna, or Kristoff arrive. ;) 

Here's what you'll need: 

  • Foam plates
  • Felt in black, white, and orange
  • Brown construction paper
  • Glue runner or glue dots
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Yarn
  • Medium sized box with a flap lid 
  • Paint or wrapping paper (to decorate the box)

And here's the step-by-step instructions from A Million Moments